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5 Types of Photographers

July 11, 2013 General, Photography 0 Comments

Fashion PhotographersWondering what type of photographer you are?

Previously, we discussed the four basic categories of photography and the genres that fell into these categories. However, as a photography student, you may realize that there are also different types of photographers. Each has their own set of specific skills.

Discover what these skillsets are for each of the five types of photographers – and how you can develop your skillset according to your interests:

Action or Event Photographer

These photographers work to capture action as it is happening. They may be skilled at focusing on individuals as they move. Action or event photographers may also be extremely aware of their environments, allowing them to know when to take a photograph.

Their work may include:

  • Photojournalism work for news outlets
  • Specific functions such as sporting events, team photos, weddings, graduations, funerals or other cultural ceremonies

If you are interested in portrait photography, develop your skills with these courses:

  • Video for Photographers
  • Wedding/Event Photography

Fashion Photographer

These photographers take photographs of models on the runway or in posed shots. Their photographs may be considered avant garde. Fashion photographers may specialize in clothing, hair or makeup design. They may also specialize in the movie or music industry.

According to Rajib Singha of Buzzle, the fashion photography industry is one of the most lucrative photography careers.

Their work may include:

  • Editorial photography
  • Photographs for a designer, studio or catalogue

If you are interested in portrait photography, develop your skills with these courses:

  • Fashion Photography I
  • Creative Applications

Nature Photographer

Nature photographers must have an artistic eye that allows them to capture images of our natural world. They must use angles and, often, natural lighting to turn ordinary scenes into extraordinary shots.

Nature photographers may work anywhere in the world. They may also cross into photojournalism if they specialize in taking photographs of natural disasters.

Their work may include:

  • Landscape (both rural and urban) photography
  • Scientific photography

If you are interested in portrait photography, develop your skills with these courses:

  • Scientific Photography
  • Architectural Photography

Portrait Photographer

Portraits are one of the oldest genres of photography. They are often used to document coming of age moments in our culture.

Portrait photographers typically work in a studio or at a specific location. They often specialize in individual and group portraits. Portrait photographers must know how to stage the photograph to get the best possible shot, no matter where they are. This requires a thorough understanding of lighting and angle techniques.

Their work may include:

  • Personal or family portraits
  • Celebrity portraits

If you are interested in portrait photography, develop your skills with these courses:

  • Lighting People
  • History of Photography

Still Life Photographer

Still life, or object, photographers often take photographs for advertising purposes. Their subjects may include food or products. Still life photographers must know how to make their subject look fresh and intriguing. This may be difficult with food items. Still life photographers must know how to use lighting, angles and other techniques to make the food look just as appealing on film as it does in real life.

Their work may include:

  • Food or décor photography
  • Fine art photography

If you are interested in portrait photography, develop your skills with these courses:

  • Lighting Theory
  • Food Photography

As a photography student, you have a lot of options – especially when it comes to electives. Deciding what type of photographer you are may allow you to focus on your interests and develop the necessary skillsets for those specific industries.

Learn more about the photography degree programs at Brooks Institute today.

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